The Interest rates for Deposits is again lowered by 0.1% from 1st July 17

ஜூலை முதல் வட்டி விகிதம் மீண்டும் 0.1% குறைப்பு

Saturday, 14 February 2015

Minutes of the PJCA meeting.

Minutes of the meeting held on 05/02/2015 with Postal Joint Council of Action (PJCA)

NFIR appeals to all affiliated TU

National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
Affiliated to :
Indian National Trade Union Congress (INTUC)
International Transport Workersi Federation (ITF)
No.IV/NJCA(N)/2014                                                                                                                                         10.02.2015
The General Secretaries of
Affiliated Unions of NFIR.
Dear Brother,
               Sub: Trade Union Unity — Satyagraha all over India on 26th February, 2015
Please find enclosed copy of resolution adopted by INTUC Working Committee in its meeting held at Bhopal on 6th & 7th February, 2015.
NFIR appeals to all affiliated Unions to participate in joint action including sectoral struggle and Satyagraha on 26th February, 2015. The affiliates may interact with INTUC leaders and cadre in their respective areas for the purpose of observing “Satyagraha” jointly.
A report on this should be sent to the Federation’s office latest by 28th February,2015.
Yours fraternally,
(Dr. M. Raghavaiah)
General Secretary
Source-  NFIR

Air India LTC 80 Fare with effect from 2nd February 2015 applicable to Central Government Employees

        Air India has released new LTC 80 Fares applicable to Central Government Employees with effect from 2nd February 2015. This Scheme is meant for Central Government Employees, State Government Employees, PSU employees and Employees of Educational Institutions recognised by Central Government and State Govt.
        Both Ministry of Finance and DOPT have issued instructions to the effect that Central Government Employees who intend to avail LTC by air have to purchase only LTC 80 Air Tickets. In other words, Air Travel utilising Leave Travel Concession has to be performed only in Air India Flights by purchasing LTC 80 Air Tickets. 
       Check the following instructions issued Govt in respect of Air Travel by availing LTC

Wednesday, 11 February 2015

Postal JCA Circular


No.PF-PJCA/2015                                                          Dated : 10th February,2015
            All General Secretaries /All India Office Bearers
Circle Secretaries/Divisional and Branch Secretaries.
Dear colleagues,
            Staff Side PJCA meeting was held at NFPE Office, North Avenue Post Office Building, New Delhi-110 001 on 04th February,2015 under the Presidentship of Com. D. Theagarajan Secretary General FNPO. All General Secretaries of NFPE, FNPO and GDS Unions participated in the meeting.
            The following decisions were taken in the meeting:
1.         Formation of PJCA at all Circles:
            Reviewed the position of formation of Circle JCA. PJCA has been formed in some Circles and in some circles it is functioning well. The Circles in which the PJCA is not functioning, it should be formed by the respective CHQ leaders..All Circle Secretaries should also take it seriously and inform the CHQ and Federation after formation. This work should be completed before 15th February, 2015.
2.         Strategy was decided for the meeting to be held with Secretary Post at Dak Bhawan , New Delhi on 05.02.2015.
            Meeting of PJCA leaders was held with Secretary (Post) and other higher officers of Postal Board. Though Secretary (Post) gave positive assurances on most of the issues and also assured that Deptt. Is not going to implement recommendations of Task Force Committee report and there will be no corporatization and Privatization of Deptt. and before implementation of any new scheme it will be discussed with unions and after getting the consent of unions it will be implemented. Secretary (Post) also agreed to refer again the case of GDS wage revision and other service conditions to Government of India for inclusion in the 7th CPC. She also assured to finalize the Cadre restructuring proposal of all Cadres before 30th April-2015.
            Though Secretary (Post) has given many of the positive assurances but keeping in mind the style of functioning and political and economic policies of Central Government we cannot believe as they are implementing all Globlization   and privatization policies very intensively in all the sectors and mostly employees of all sectors are agitated and moving on path of agitation.
            Therefore, we appeal to all Leaders and entire rank and file to get ready for struggle and observe the following programme of action in a phased manner on 40 points Charter of Demand:
1,         Formation of JCA at all levels before 15th February, 2015.
2.         Dharna infront of Divisional Offices on 20th February, 2015.
3.         Dharna infront of Regional offices on 27th February, 2015.
4.         Dharna infront of Circle Offices on 2nd March, 2015.
5.         Dharna by all India Leaders at Directorate, New Delhi on 15th April, 2015.
6.         Indefinite Strike from 06th May-2015.
(D. Theagarajan)                                                                        (R.N. Parashar)
Secretary General                                                                   Secretary General
       FNPO                                                                                           NFPE  
(i)         Please issue circulars in all regional languages to popularize the demands,
(ii)        Please hold Executive Committee /General Body Meetings.
(iii)       Please hold gate meetings in front of all important offices.
(iv)       There should be no lapses in strike preparations because of our bitter experience in past.
(v) Strike Campaign tour by All India Leaders of both Federations will be scheduled and informed soon.

2)Exemption from Physical Appearance for the Purpose of Life Certificate
Government of India
Ministry of Finance
Department of Expenditure
Central Pension Accounting Office
Trikoot-H, Bhikaji Cama Place
New Delhi — 110 066
No. CPAO/Tech/Life Certificate/2014-15/31 -72-
Dated 30.01.2015
Sub: Exemption from Physical Appearance for the Purpose of Life Certificate
Department of Pension & Pensioners’ Welfare in its agenda points for the ensuing SCOVA meeting on 03.02.2015 circulated vide their O.M. No. 42/39/2014-P&PW(G) dated 27.01.2015, has raised the issue of non-adherence of extant Rules with regard to submission of Life Certificate by authorized banks. It has been reported to the Department that some bank branches are insisting on personal appearance of pensioners for submission of Life Certificate alongwith PPOs.
2. Attention is invited to the amendment to the “Scheme for Payment of Pension to Central Government Civil Pensioners by Authorized Banks”, issued vide Correction Slip No. 14. The Correction Slip No. 14 facilitates the pensioners to exempt to appear physically in the bank for the purpose of Life Certificate in November every year subject to the condition that the Life Certificate must be signed by any of the authority specified in the Correction Slip No. 14 (copy enclosed).
3. Moreover, as a part of Prime Minister’s Mission “Digital India” and with the development of software application by Deptt. of Information Technology circulated as Correction Slip No. 22 to the “Scheme for Payment of Pension to Central Government Civil Pensioners by Authorized Banks”, the pensioners can prove their existence through Aadhaar based authentication of Life Certificate.
4. In the light of above, the Pension Account Holding Branches (PAHBs) of all authorized banks may be instructed to strictly adhere to the existing norms and do not harass the pensioners/family pensioners by insisting upon presenting themselves physically in the bank if their Life Certificate is submitted duly signed by the authority specified in Correction Slip No. 14 to the “Scheme for Payment of Pension to Central Government Civil Pensioners by Authorized Banks” including Aadhaar based authentication of Life Certificate.
(U.K. Saini)
Sr. Accounts Officer

Flash News

Encashment earned leave along with LTC- clarification.


Government of India
Ministry of Personnel, PG and Pensions
(Department of Personnel and Training)
New Delhi, dated the 9th February, 2015.
Subject : Encasement earned leave along with LTC- clarification.
The undersigned is directed to refer to DoPT's O.M. No. 31011/4/2008-Estt.(A), dated 23s September, 2008 allowing encashment of earned leave along with LTC and to say that references have been received with regard to the number of times that a Government servant can avail of the encashment within the same block.
2. It is clarified that the Government servants governed by the CCS (Leave) Rules, 1972 and entitled to avail LTC may encash earned leave upto 10 days at the time of availing both types of LTCs, i.e. `Hometown' and 'anywhere in India'. However, when the one and the same LTC is being availed of by the Government servant and his family members separately in a block year, encashment of leave would be restricted to one occasion only.
3. Hindi version will follow.
(Mukul Ratra )

NFIR writes to 7th Pay Commission to conduct Inter-action meeting on Memorandum submitted

National Federation of Indian Railwaymen
Dated: 05/02/2015
The Chairman,
Seventh Central Pay Commission,
Chhatrapati Shivaji Bhawan,
IIFT, Block B (B-14/A),
Qutab Institutional Area,
New Delhi 110016
Dear Sir,
Sub: Inter-action meeting with the Seventh Central Pay Commission on NFIR’s memorandum-reg.
Ref: NFIR’s letter No.IV/NFIR/7th CPC/CORRES/Pt. V dated 02/08/2014.
Federation vide its letter dated 02/08/2014, addressed to the Secretary, Seventh Central Pay Commission had made following suggestions with regard to holding interaction meetings:
a) Inter-action meetings may be fixed giving us reasonable advance intimation to enable us to reschedule our other programmes,
b) Meeting/hearing may be fixed department wise to facilitate us to meet the Pay Commission along with the representatives of the conccrned department/category.
c) In the Railways, there are eight major departments with hundreds of categories. Eight different dates for explaining our case may kindly be considered.
d) Inter-action meetings may also be convened for explaining the case of miscellaneous and isolated categories in Railways.
e) Separate date and time be provided to facilitate the NFIR to explain uniqueness of railways as well unique nature of duties of railway employee in general.
Federation is yet to receive response from the Seventh Central Pay Commission.
In this connection, NFIR desires to mention that the 6th CPC had allotted a total time of 28 hours to us in different spells/different dates to explain the case of Railway employees belonging to various categories in different departments. Federation trusts that similar time slots would be provided to us by the 7th CPC as well.
NFIR. therefore, once again requests the Hon’ble Chairman Seventh Central Pay Commission to arrange to allot adequate time slots and convey to the Federation.
Yours faithfully,
General Secretary
Source: NFIR


Supreme Court seeks Govt’s views on the legality of Aadhaar – Petition filed on the ground that it violated personal liberties and privacy.

The Supreme Court on Monday sought the government’s views on the unique identification or Aadhaar programme that was started by its predecessor as a fresh petition sought to question its legality on the ground that it violated personal liberties and privacy.
A two-judge bench, comprising chief justice of India HL Dattu and justice AK Sikri, asked solicitor general Ranjit Kumar to revert to the top court in two weeks with the information but stopped short of issuing any formal legal notices to the government.
“We read news reports which said the new government was doing a rethink on the issue,” Dattu observed.
The petition, filed by Bangalore-resident Mathew Thomas, a former army officer and defence missile scientist turned social activist, had accused the new government of “slyly” pushing ahead with Aadhaar. He said the government had insisted on linking bank accounts with Aadhaar for direct transfer of the LPG subsidy and it was also being used to ensure attendance by officials. He urged the court to immediately stop this.
“Our democratic constitution does not permit such state surveillance. UID is the first step towards profiling, tracking and stereotyping. Mere production of ID cards by people, upon demand by police, would neither absolve such persons from suspicion, nor would it prevent them from indulging in criminal activities,” his plea said.
Arguing for Thomas, senior advocate Gopal Subramanium contended that almost all countries such as the UK and US have scrapped such attempts following a public uproar over their intrusive nature. Aadhaar is being rolled out by the Unique Identification Authority of India (UIDAI), a non-statutory body. It involves collecting biometric information of all citizens and in return issuing them unique ID or Aadhaar numbers that facilitate the accurate targeting of social security and in-service benefits. Several activists had approached the top court seeking a stay.
The court had clarified that Aadhaar should not be insisted upon while dispensing social security benefits.
The court is, however, yet to take a final call on its fate. The fresh PIL, filed through lawyer Aishwarya Bhatti, called upon the court to direct the Centre to destroy all biometric information collected so far.
Collection of data was being undertaken by agencies with suspect credentials and cards had been issued even to illegal migrants, the PIL claimed.
The UIDAI couldn’t be set up through mere approval of the “empowered group of ministers”, it said. All acts that curtail the rights and liberties of an individual are to be necessarily backed by law, it said. The National Identification Authority of India Bill, 2010, was introduced in the Lok Sabha and is still pending. However, in the interim, the authority has been collecting personal information of all citizens, including army officers and government servants.
Thomas said he had sought information about UIDAI-approved scanners that were used to collect biometric data but was denied this. A Right to Information (RTI) query led to the answer that there was “no way of verifying the country of origin of the companies”, he said.
In the meantime, Maharashtra has made Aadhaar mandatory to pay bills. Other states use it to record attendance in offices. Delhi has made Aadhaar necessary for solemnisation and registration of marriages and the direct transfer of LPG subsidies.
There is no provision for residents to opt out of the UID project and information once given cannot be destroyed, he said. The former army officer said that possibility of “illegal residents” wrongly being issued Aadhaar cards and carrying out espionage activities could not be ruled out. The scheme would have limited use in checking illegal migration or terrorism, he said.
The information collected under the UID scheme is valuable to criminals and this makes citizens vulnerable as well, he said. There are almost no checks and balances in sharing of private information, the petitioner said.
source: Economic Times

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